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Here Come the Kerr Taylors

Here Come the Kerr Taylors

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When:

  • Wed 8 Nov, 10:30am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 9 Nov, 10:30am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 10 Nov, 10:30am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 11 Nov, 10:30am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 12 Nov, 10:30am – 4:30pm
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Where:

Alberton, 100 Mt Albert Road, Mt Albert Show map

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult : $10.00
  • Child: $0.00
  • Heritage New Zealand Member: $0.00

Website:

Alberton

Here Come the Kerr Taylors: An Insight into Car Ownership in Early Auckland.

‘Look out! Here come the Kerr Taylors!’ This exclamation reportedly heard at the approach of Alberton’s three Kerr Taylor sisters in their crimson Chevrolet was made not because they drove so fast, but because they drove so slowly!

Mid last century the slightly eccentric sisters in their ‘funny old car’ were a familiar sight about town. The youngest, Muriel, the only one tall enough to see over the dashboard, was always the driver and had particular motoring habits including never driving in the rain.

From 1925 the car provided an important form of transport for the sisters, enabling their weekly trips to Farmers Department store and to Waimaku to deliver produce to their nieces and nephews families.

Curated for Auckland's Heritage Festival 2017, this small exhibition looks at the first vehicles that took to the roads in Auckland and how cars shaped the urban landscape, paying special attention to the Chevrolet, the Kerr Taylors’ car of choice.

On the weekends of 30 September & 1 October and 14 & 15 October vintage Chevrolet's will be on display for photo opportunities, coinciding with a Devonshire tea service ($6 for tea and scones). Join us for a spot of tea!

Entry to the exhibition is included with the admission to the house (adults $10, children & Heritage new Zealand members free). Open Wednesday to Sunday 10:30-4:30.

No bookings required. For any queries contact Alberton on 846 7367 or alberton@heritage.org.nz.

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